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    Next Door

    The tree next door survived the storm.

    What part of speech is "next"? Is it a determiner modifying "door"? And does the phrase "next door" function as an adjective to modify "tree"? Thank you.

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    Re: Next Door

    Why are you asking us so many grammatical questions, Luckysquirty? Are you asking us to do your school assignments?

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    Re: Next Door

    Of course not. I haven't been in a classroom in more than 50 years. Why would you even go there? They are legitimate questions. I am curious. Thank you. Nearly all schools shut in U.S. because of virus.

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    Re: Next Door

    I was just seeking some help. Regarding my question: "Door" is a noun. "Next" has me confused. I simply asked whether the two words joined together function as some compound adjective to modify the subject "tree."

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    Re: Next Door

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I would say that the tree next door is a noun phrase functioning as the subject of that sentence.

    Within that noun phrase next door is a noun phrase functioning adverbially.

    The head of the latter noun phrase is the noun door, which is modified by the adjective next.


    You may well receive different opinions from other members.
    First off, thank you for your help. I was leaning in the direction of an adjective modifier. For example: "The boy in the street is noisy" and "The boy downstairs is noisy." Same structure as the "tree next door" sentence and clearly both modifying the subject.

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    Re: Next Door

    Here's my view on this: you're wasting time trying to identify the parts of speech of individual words. You'd do much better to analyse each component of the sentence in terms of its grammatical and/or semantic function.

    So your second question is much better than your first: think about next door, not next.

    I see next door as an adjectival phrase (not adverbial) modifying the tree. It says where the tree is.

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    Re: Next Door

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Here's my view on this: you're wasting time trying to identify the parts of speech of individual words. You'd do much better to analyse each component of the sentence in terms of its grammatical and/or semantic function.

    So your second question is much better than your first: think about next door, not next.

    I see next door as an adjectival phrase (not adverbial) modifying the tree. It says where the tree is.
    I'm new here. I respect your opinion; however, I believe not all members feel I am wasting time. It is those to whom I am reaching out for help. Thank you for your input.

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    Re: Next Door

    ESL learners often focus on individual words and miss the point of the sentence.
    Not a professional teacher

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    Re: Next Door

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Why are you asking us so many grammatical questions, Luckysquirty? Are you asking us to do your school assignments?
    Quote Originally Posted by Luckysquirty View Post
    Of course not. I haven't been in a classroom in more than 50 years.
    How were we supposed to know that? From time to time students join the forum expecting to get free homework answers, so we need to establish their motives if they're not immediately apparent.

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    Re: Next Door

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    How were we supposed to know that? From time to time students join the forum expecting to get free homework answers, so we need to establish their motives if they're not immediately apparent.

    I'm sorry didn't see this forum. Otherwise I would have put the questions here.
    Last edited by Luckysquirty; 17-Apr-2020 at 02:15.

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